A Tumblr outage yesterday left user blogs down for nearly four hours and contributed to a loss of almost 100 million views. Issues started when the social network kept giving error messages and slow load times across many blogs.
After much deliberation Tumblr decided it was best to take down the whole site in order to resolve the network issues. Its staff blog issued a statement about the lengthy Tumblr outage:
Our engineering processes seriously failed this afternoon and cost you and your blogs nearly 4 hours of downtime and almost 100 million views.
Painfully, this isn’t the first time this winter I’ve had to give you similar news.
When incidents like this happen, our entire engineering team comes online to support the recovery as needed. Immediately after, we begin taking every measure to protect from the uncovered issue in the future.
We are constantly working to shore up our processes and solidify the stability of this quickly growing network, even more so as we’ve fallen behind the last few weeks.
Tumblr’s success is supporting your success, and we take this mission very seriously.
With browsing and posting out of the question, users headed over to Twitter to talk about the Tumblr outage:
Working on a benefit concert for those affected by the great tumblr outage of 2012
— Old Jeezy (@Brooklynesque) December 13, 2012
Tumblr isn’t even sorry anymore… their website doesn’t even get to the apology stage. This outage is getting worse. #tumblr
— Aric Monts (@mooney1) December 12, 2012
I will remember where I was during the great tumblr outage of December 2012
— … (@jersonrules) December 13, 2012
If terrorists turn out to be behind this Tumblr outage, I am joining the Marines. #tumblr
— Chris Lee Gray (@chrisleegray) December 13, 2012
If we’ve learnt anything from this Tumblr outage, it’s that all those people who said 12/12/12 meant nothing are full of shit. #neverforget
— Dull (@StillDull) December 13, 2012
This Tumblr outage comes shortly after a worm hit the social network infecting thousands of blogs.